You, Yes You, You Rock

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today brought an afternoon of rain showers and thunder and lightening storms. It was wonderful. I opened the windows and doors and pulled out my Silhouette. Here's the card I made during one of the storms.

I am excited to say that I put together three card challenges to create this card! First up is the sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch!:

Next up is my inspiration for the colors from the colourQ challenge:

The last challenge I added to the mix was a new one for me. It's the Avery Elle I {heart} You Challenge:

Challenge 12

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The last detail I want to highlight are the curly swirly's. Those are actually a free cut file from Daniela Dobson that you can download for your Silhouette here.

Hope you're ready for the week ahead!

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Do What You Love {& Love What You Do}

Friday, July 25, 2014

Do what you love. Four simple words. One pretty strong statement, in my opinion. 

This phrase (that is also this week's free file from Silhouette) is one of the reasons I blog and make cards. I do them because they allow me to be creative; and I do them because I love doing them. Remember, life is about more than just your work. Find time for yourself in the hustle and bustle, and do things that make you happy.

I absolutely love the color combination on this card. I discovered the Colour Me! challenge from another blogger's (also named Julia) post on her gorgeous cards. I knew this color set was one that spoke to me.

I found it tricky to combine five colors into one card without it looking super busy, so I decided to make another shaker card and use black and gold sequins to get in those two colors. The shaker card was a perfect decision to fit into the sketch design from My Favorite Things

Isn't that circle in a square just screaming to be a picture window?

If you look closely you'll see that the yellow flag on the bottom of the two is the same paper as the anchor on the wreath I shared earlier this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

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10 Stunning DIY Projects {featuring Gold}

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do you ever wonder if we will look back on this time when gold accents are back in style and wonder, "what were we thinking?"? Will it be like how we cringe looking back at the eighties with all of the highly shiny brass? I mean, it was in style then, right?

Either way, I am all about the newest incarnation of gold being good. Just like with anything, I think it can be, and is often times, over-used; but as a simple accent, a little bit of gold can add class to a place or project. Here is a round up of my ten favorite gold projects! {Most of these came from my now-defunct Finding Friday collection of projects to share.}

I think all of these would look great in any home!

DIY Gilded Vase from via

DIY Gold Desk Dishes

Ralph Lauren-Inspired Gold Striped Pillow at

VIntage Desk Makeover

DIY Gold Mouse Pad | Homey Oh My!

DIY Gold Magnet Letters | Inspired by Charm

DIY Gold Mason Jar Vases

Homemade Gold Leaf Coasters

IKEA Malm Dresser Makeover- Campaign Style

What is your take on the gold trend? Yay? Nay? Do any of these projects stand out to you? 

Share links to your favorite gold projects in the comments section!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Marshmallow Treats

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Marshmallow Treats aka Reese's Marshmallow Treats

This is the story of turning something "so-so" into something "wow-wow". 

It all started with a sale on cereal and three boxes of Reese's Puffs cereal making their way into my cupboard. Even knowing this isn't my favorite cereal, I just couldn't pass up on $1 cereal (with coupons). 

So after getting home, I decided to look in my pantry and see what else I had that I could use to pair with the cereal. A bag of marshmallows, a little margarine later and I had a pan of yummy treats!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Marshmallow Treats aka Reese's Marshmallow Treats

To make these gooey treats you will need:

8 cups of Reese's Puffs cereal
1 bag of mini-marshmallows
1 tablespoon margarine (or butter)
Cooking spray

Begin by melting your marshmallows and margarine in a large pot over medium heat. (Note: my marshmallows were rock hard and still melted into the perfect sticky marshmallow binder.) While your marshmallows and margarine are melting, spray a casserole dish with cooking spray. Stir your marshmallows until they melt.

Once melted, stir in the cereal. While the marshmallows are still warm, spray your hands with cooking spray and scoop out the cereal and marshmallow mixture and place into the casserole dish. Flatten into an even layer. 

Place in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Then cut the treats before all of the marshmallows harden.


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